Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu launches for $100

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The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny PC that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor. A model with Windows software launched earlier this year for $150. Now you can buy a model with Ubuntu Linux for $100. It’s available in the United States from Best Buy, Micro Center and Newegg. […]

Plasma Mobile: Linux-based smartphone operating system

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There’s a new player in the smartphone operating system space: the folks behind the KDE desktop environment for Linux-based desktop computers have just unveiled Plasma Mobile. Plasma Mobile is basically a mobile version of the desktop Plasma user interface. It’s free and open source software, and while there aren’t any phones that ship with Plasma Phone […]

Amazon Echo: Automate tasks with a talking Raspberry Pi

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Amazon’s Echo is a voice controlled device that you can use to play music, set reminders, get answers to questions and more. It has a microphone array system designed to let Echo hear your voice requests even in a noisy environment. But Echo also comes with a remote control with media playback buttons and a […]

Set up a virtual private network at home with Raspberry Pi

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Want to make it tougher for anyone to track your internet activity? You could pay for a VPN service… or you could build your own. If you have a bit of patience and a Rasberry Pi, the BBC has published a guide for creating your own, personal virtual private network (VPN) to browse the Web […]

Braven Fuse Bluetooth portable audio mixer coming soon for $100

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Braven makes a line of Bluetooth speakers. But in January the company unveiled something a bit different: a Bluetooth portable audio mixer called the Braven Fuse. It’s a small device that can connect to multiple devices to let you mix audio in real-time. The Braven Fuse should be available soon for $100, and the portable mixer […]

Lenovo seeks input on its Retro ThinkPad concept

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Lenovo is considering building a modern ThinkPad laptop using some vintage design elements. Chief Design Officer David Hill unveiled the concept last month, and while the company hasn’t committed to actually building a Retro ThinkPad, Lenovo is running a series of surveys to solicit feedback. The third survey just went live, asking users what kind of hardware […]

ASRock Beebox Braswell-powered mini PC now available for $140

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The ASRock Beebox N3000 is a tiny desktop computer with a low-power Intel Celeron N3000 Braswell processor. We first learned about this mini PC in May, and now it’s available in the United States. Newegg is selling the Beebox N3000 for $140. That price gets you a barebones computer with Intel’s Braswell processor and Intel […]

Deals of the Day (7-24-2015)

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Looking for a small Windows laptop priced at under $200? No problem. There are a bunch to choose from these days. Want one with more than 32GB of solid state storage? That’s a bit harder to find… but right now Best Buy is selling the Toshiba Satellite L15 with an 11.6 inch display, an Intel […]

Google Voice gets better at transcribing voicemails

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One of the coolest things about Google Voice (in theory) is its ability to automatically transcribe your voicemail messages so you can read them when you don’t have time to listen. In practice, the transcriptions can sometimes be so awful that it’s hard to get even a vague idea of what the message is about. […]

NVIDIA releases Android 5.1 for the Tegra Note 7

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Before the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, there was the Tegra Note 7. Launched in 2013, the 7 inch Android tablet features an NVIDA Tegra 4 processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. This week NVIDIA released an Android 5.1 update for the Shield Portable handheld game console. But that […]

Build a phone-powered 3-D projection pyramid

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Folks have been projecting 3D images (and people) for over a hundred years. Have a smartphone or tablet? You can build your own projector that can make imagery from your mobile device jump off the screen with materials that should cost just few dollars. Instructable contributor mikroGanesh has a do-it-yourself project for a 3-D pyramid projector […]

Moto G (2015) to have up to 2GB of RAM

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Motorola is expected to unveil the 3rd-generation Moto G smartphone on July 28th. But a series of leaks have given us a pretty good idea of what to expect from Motorola’s next budget smartphone. Still, there’s always room for one more leak: and this time it comes from Motorola. According to a page that was […]

Intel Skylake chips: Up to 50-percent better graphics

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Intel’s 6th-gen Core processors are set to launch later this year, and while the new “Skylake” processors will be 14nm chips just like the current 5th-gen “Broadwell” processors, Intel is introducing a new microarchitecture which should offer reduced power consumption, better performance, and a big boost in graphics performance. In fact, Skylake chips could offer […]

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphone details leaked

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Microsoft may be scaling back its smartphone division, but it looks like the company could launch at least two flagship phones this year. According to Windows Central, we can expect at least 2 premium devices. While Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the details of either report yet, both sites have a pretty good track record with leaked data of this […]